Taking on Responsibility

“Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility…In the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have is the ability to take on responsibility.” – Michael Korda

Most of you know that my first job in pallets was handling human resources. For almost 20 years, my main job was talking to employees. Sometimes, I spent time with them talking about their dissatisfaction with their jobs. Usually, when someone is dissatisfied with their job, the company is not too happy either.

So, often the willingness to take on responsibility was at the root of our discussion.

Responsible people make and honor commitments. Things like showing up every day, on time. Or, performing every task with safety in mind. Or, dedicating to hit daily performance targets and providing high quality work.

My experience says that when one finds himself in a responsible mode, he is seen as being able to take on more. And, more comes his way.

More responsibility, more discretion about how you do the job. More security as you become increasingly valuable. More confidence as you gain skill and opportunity.

How is responsibility affecting your job?